There are numerous reasons to go for dental implants
Earlier, the recommended and preferred treatment option in a fully edentulous (no teeth) mouth was the complete removable denture.
Clinical Implant Dentistry and Related Research evaluated the survival rates of implants in elderly patients (66 to 93 years) over a period of 6-7 years.
The obvious thought is, why All on Four when the removable dentures are so inexpensive. The reason lies in the longevity and stability of All on Four.
The next obvious question that follows is how All on Four dental implants are better than traditional dentures for full arch restoration.
The following table highlights the difference:
|Comparison||All on 4||Dentures|
|Duration||Takes 2-3 days to fabricate.||Takes 15-25 days to fabricate.|
|Permanency||A fixed solution.||Have to be removed in the night.|
|Effect on bone||Promotes bone formation.||Accelerate bone loss; give a sunken cheek appearance over the years.|
|Stability||Very high stability; implants act as anchors within the bone.||Can dislodge under unequal pressure on both sides.|
|Social limitations||No social limitations; you can eat or drink anything you like.||Denture might dislodge on eating sticky or hard food.|
|Discretion||Very inconspicuous aesthetically; can’t be differentiated from natural teeth.||Presence of a denture is felt both by the wearer and noticed by others.|
|Follow-up||No modification required; can last a lifetime.||Relining, rebasing or even remaking might be required after some years.|
|Placement||Do not rest on the gums.||Rest on the gums; increased chances of mouth sores, irritation, inflammation, and infection.|
|Strength||Very robust; do not chip off or break easily.||Very fragile; tends to break even under slight pressure.|
|Additional needs||No need for adhesives or cleaning solutions; can be cleaned by normal brushing.||Adhesives and cleaning solutions need to be applied almost every day.|
In senior patients too (aged 85-90 years), implant treatments have been done successfully all over the world.
Although bone density and quality tend to decline with age.
Even then, dental implants have proven to be a very resilient treatment option.
All on 4 system comprises of four implants which support a full-arch prosthesis.
Now let’s see how the various components of this system work together.
The full arch of artificial teeth which is screwed onto the underlying implants.
The fact that All on 4 are permanently placed in the mouth & do not need to be removed is a great advance.
A proper assessment is important to ascertain if the patient can get this procedure. In some instances, the signed consent of their medical practitioner may be required.
The stay during the first visit can last anywhere between 5 days to 12 days, depending upon the clinic, protocol, and the patients condition
The All on 4 Dental Implant system has been known to have a direct effect on the quality of life of the patients.
According to a 2017 research study published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry, the cumulative success rate over a period of 5 years was 98-99%.
The cost of dental procedures varies in different parts of the world. One of the most expensive countries with respect to dental procedure costs is the USA.
Given below are the differences in the four on one dental implants cost abroad:
|United States||$24,000||United Kingdom||$11,800|
|New Zealand||$24,400||Costa Rica||$13,500|
*These are the average costs and prices vary depending on the complexity of the case.
The data from this table tells us that the All on 4 dentures cost in Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, and other dental tourism destinations is much lower than in Canada and the United States. The savings are almost 50-80%.
While All on Four dental implants in the United States cost $24,000, their price in Mexico begins from $8,765. In Canada, they cost about $29,000.
In Australia, the cost is $19,500, whereas in Thailand the price is $9,429.
Thailand can also be considered by New Zealanders because of its geographical suitability. The price of All on four implants in New Zealand is $24,400.
These destinations provide affordable dental implants. There is an added advantage of an overseas holiday. It is time to make use of holidays for dental treatment.
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The reason for such low costs is that fact that taxes, labor costs, operating costs as well as the cost to build a practice are all lower in these countries.
Also, we need to keep in mind that in countries like Mexico dentists don’t have to repay massive students debt unlike their counterparts in the US. However, not all dentists working in these countries are qualified enough to operate on patients.
There have been instances where patients have had bad experiences. So before going in for any kind of procedure, you should always check the credentials of your dentist.
Dental tourism In Mexico has been on an all-time rise. Mexico is safe as long as you are smart. There are unsafe areas, but sticking to the central area is recommended.
Thailand is generally considered safe. There are no major threats associated with Thailand. It is a tourist-friendly place, petty thefts do occur.
Costa Rica suffers from many problems like drug trafficking, poverty, and economic struggles. Costa Rica is still pretty safe when compared to some of its more violent neighbors. The central areas with the concentration of dental clinics is mostly safe.